Presbyterian Health Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports medical education and research in Oklahoma. It aims to improve biotechnology in the state. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.

FUNDING AREAS: Medical education and research in Oklahoma

IP TAKE:  PHF doesn’t provide much information about its grantmaking practices or strategy. Lately, it’s been all about equipment purchases and connecting venture capitalists and biotech companies with funded conferences.

PROFILE: The Presbyterian Health Foundation (PHF) was established in 1985 and is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is focused on medical education and research in Oklahoma. Since it was founded, PHF has invested over $100 million for this cause.

This is a health conversion foundation created from the sale of Presbyterian Hospital to HCA. PHF developed the PHF Research Park with 700,000 square feet of office and lab space. But it sold the park in 2013 to the University of Oklahoma and began focusing its efforts on medical education and research funding.

Within the realm of medical education and research, this funder has been particularly interested in genetic research and biotechnology. That’s because PHF believes that biotechnology holds the key to transforming ideas into products that will save and improve lives. PHF’s motto is, “We accelerate bioscience research discoveries to solutions that save and enhance human life.”

The foundation’s efforts extend to the recruitment of scientists and biotech companies for the purpose of alleviating suffering and death. As the funder’s name suggests, there are definitely Christian influences to PHF’s approach. But the foundation’s overarching goal has also always been to make the Oklahoma Health Center a leader in healthcare and education.

In addition to grants for medical research, PHF has supported clinical pastoral education, resource development through medical technology transfer, and community health-related programs in the past. Grantees include the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Dean McGee Eye Institute, Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, i2E, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Easter Seals of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Oklahoma City University Physician’s Assistant Program, and Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics. Many past grantees have been based within or affiliated with the Oklahoma Health Center. In a given year, the foundation awards about $3 million in grants. Unfortunately for grantseekers, applications are accepted by invitation only. Invited applicants can fill out a grant request form online.

There are three staff members at the foundation: a president, controller, and grants administrator. General questions can be directed to them by phone at 405-319-8150, via online form, or by the direct email addresses listed on the funder’s website.

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